Community Arts of Tecumseh kicks off summer art camp

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Inspired by nature, students in Dianna Callaghan's afternoon class each created a bird in a nest. Pictured (l-r) are Myles Miller, Alex Hart, AJ Hart and Savannah Lester.

Art is on this week at Community Arts of Tecumseh (CAT) with the group’s summer art camp. Students gathered at the John W. Smith building on Tuesday afternoon, June 24, to tap into their inner artist.

Andrea Miller, an art teacher for Adrian Public Schools, worked with students in grades seventh, eighth and ninth. Projects for the week include creating clay tiles using sgraffito method, soap bar sculpture and canvas painting.

The students started working on the clay tiles by painting them on Monday, June 23. The second part of the process was to etch designs through the glaze using the technique of sgraffito. The technique involves exposing the lower layer through the top layer by scratching a design on the piece.

According to Miller designs are called Zen tangles, which is a fancy way to say doodles. “The process is thought to be peaceful and relaxing,” she said.

Although Miller brought in examples of Zen tangles for the students to use, she was pleased to see they all wanted to experiment and create their own designs. “They’ve been spending a lot of time on their designs,” said Miller.

After teaching all year in public school, Miller enjoys teaching CAT art camp students and is impressed with the students’ dedication to creating. “These kids are usually interested in art and very focused,” she said. “They want to be here.”

On the other side of the building, Dianna Callaghan, a retired Adrian Public Schools art teacher, is working with the youngest campers, age six through eight. Her hour and a half class is filled with various activities, including an inspiring story on Tuesday.

“We’re doing different fun things,” Callaghan said.

The kids will spend the week creating collages, paintings and sculptures. They were all very proud of the bird and nest they made from clay, soon to be fired in the kiln.

Students in grades two through six meet in the mornings for their art camp time. Their 3-D mobiles done with black Sharpie marker and colored in with bright colors hang throughout the class area, and oil pastel still life drawings are on a table.

An art show took place for the student work on Friday, June 27.

Classes are still forming for the two-week art camp running July 14 through July 25. For questions or to register for the July art camp call 423.0000.

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